New York has a rich network of powerful museums, indie galleries, and non-profit art organizations that make the city’s art scene vibrant and unique. Some would even go so far as to say that New York City is the center of the art world.
We’ve assembled a list of the Big Apple’s can’t miss galleries and museums to satisfy your arty appetites. From graffiti murals and Pop Art sculptures to carefully-curated historical displays, you don’t have to be the next Basquiat to appreciate these inspiring institutions.
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One of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpieces, The Guggeinheim has become an important cultural center in New York City. A gangbusters collection of impressionist works as well as pieces from modern and contemporary artists make it is a can't-miss destination. 1071 5th Avenue; guggenheim.org.
Founded as an art collective, The Kitchen is a non-profit that offers work from a wide variety of artistic fields, including dance, music and film. The space acts as a traditional gallery as well as a live performance space, with studio rooms available for use by working artists. 512 West 19th Street; thekitchen.org.
Designed in 1895 to be the largest museum in the world, the Brooklyn Museum of Art houses the second largest art collection in New York City, with rotating exhibitions from art-world notables like Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith and Patrick Kelly. 200 Eastern Parkway; brooklynmuseum.org.
The Jonathan Levine Gallery is known for work that's influenced by comics, street art, pop culture and graffiti. A perfect option for musem-goers who find inspiration in quirky subcultures and the "DIY" attitude, it's a refreshing alternative to traditional gallery fare. 529 W. 20th Street; jonathanlevinegallery.com.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is among the most recognizable museums in world along with the Louvre in Paris and the London's Tate Modern. With two buildings and a dramatic, lion-adorned entrance, it's impossible to get through its massive collection in a single day. 1000 5th Avenue; metmuseum.org.
Non-profit gallery, Eyebeam, fuses art with technology. Showcasing new artists that push the edge of the envelope with daring, mixed-media artworks, the center also offers residencies and fellowships to experimental artists (up-and-comers, take note). 540 West 21st Street; eyebeam.org.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and the International Center of Photography has plenty. Not only is the center a widely-recognized exhibition space, but it functions as a fully-equipped school and research center as well. 1133 Ave of the Americas; icp.org.
Founded in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art is another of New York's most beloved museums. Not only does it house a killer restaurant, The Modern, but it has played a key role in the development of the modern art movement in general. 11 West 53rd Street; moma.org.
The Luhring Augustine Gallery represents international artists whose mediums include painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and video. The gallery also specializes in reselling recognizable works by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso. 531 W. 24th Street; luhringaugustine.com.